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Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

Training and Technical Assistance

The goal of the National Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program is to assist adult drug courts and veterans treatment courts with the development and implementation of program practices to improve program effectiveness and long-term participant success. In order to accomplish this goal, BJA drug court grantees, as well as the drug court field at large, have access to a wide range of TTA services, many of which are FREE. These services include:

Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative Training
BJA provides comprehensive training to courts planning to start a new adult drug court. The training is designed to:

  • Educate teams about the basic components of adult drug courts.
  • Teach the skills necessary for successfully making the shift from standard case processing to treatment court case processing.
  • Build a program that integrates court and treatment functions and adheres to best practice standards.

Adult Drug Court Site-specific Technical Assistance (TA)
BJA offers TA that is flexible and tailored to the needs of individual programs and designed to help develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices. TA includes:

  • Customized service: Building a comprehensive program of onsite workshops, webinars, and remote assistance.
  • Strategic partnerships: Initiating collaboration between stakeholders and partners to provide additional resources and support to each program and those it serves.
  • Coaching and follow-up: Improvement and change take time. To keep the momentum going, and to help teams push through obstacles, drug court experts provide ongoing, remote coaching and consultation.

Adult Drug Court State-Specific TA
BJA provides technical assistance geared toward state court administrators seeking assistance in planning, operations, evaluation, data collection, and institutionalization of drug courts statewide. This multipronged approach helps states to coordinate the efforts and resources of government agencies involved with drug court operations and to identify a drug court system that best suits an individual jurisdiction.

Operational Tune-Ups
Technical Assistance is reserved for adult drug courts with at least 2 years’ operating experience. TA assists courts with:

  • Learning the latest best practices and how they should be applied to their programs.
  • Revising policies and practices relating to incentives and sanctions, target population, supervision, and drug testing.
  • Obtaining updates on pertinent case law.

Tribal Healing to Wellness Court (THWC) Site-Specific TTA
BJA provides TTA specific to the needs of THWCs that includes onsite and offsite technical assistance, regional and national trainings, a publication series, and a webinar series. Services include:

  • Drafting or updating policies and procedures.
  • Focusing on team dynamics.
  • Training specific to a particular field.
  • Community presentations regarding THWCs.

Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training
The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training is a tribal-specific national training for tribal problem-solving courts. The Enhancement Training features wellness court best practices and innovative strategies.

National Mentoring Corps Training
BJA provides professional development for volunteer veterans working in veterans treatment courts. We invite all veteran mentors, mentor coordinators and veterans treatment court staff to engage our resources and strengthen their understanding of veteran mentoring.

National Online Training System for Treatment Court Practitioners
This website offers access to training on a wide array of subjects, including the psychopharmacology of addiction, sanctions and incentives, trauma-informed care, and methamphetamine addiction. Courses include video lessons by experts in the field, virtual site visits of drug treatment courts around the country, interviews with practitioners, and a resource library of documents and reference tools.

Date Created: February 17, 2012